NPR Music: Tiny Desk Concerts

Tiny Desk Concerts from NPR's All Songs Considered features your favorite musicians performing at Bob Boilen's desk in the NPR Music office. This is the AUDIO only archive.

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12:32pm

Tue July 29, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Saintseneca: Tiny Desk Concert

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Saintseneca performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

One of the many instruments you may hear Saintseneca play — beyond the banjo, baglama, bulbul, balalaika, bowed banjo, baritone ukulele, bass and bouzouki — is a stomp box. Basically, it's a roughly 2'x2' plywood floorboard meant for pounding the beat. At a show just before this Tiny Desk Concert, craftily bearded singer Zac Little put his boot right through that floorboard.

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6:02am

Sat July 26, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Highasakite: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sat July 26, 2014 1:37 pm

Highasakite performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

My first time seeing this Norwegian band was at a fairly soulless convention center in Austin, Texas. They transformed that big, open room into an intimate affair. So having them perform at the Tiny Desk, an already intimate space, was a thrill. It was also the first appearance of a flugabone here. Kristoffer Lo plays that mournful horn and Ingrid Helene Håvik compliments the yearning with words that are mysterious, somewhat dark and contain surprising twists.

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12:39pm

Mon July 21, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Hamilton Leithauser: Tiny Desk Concert

Hamilton Leithauser performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
Olivia Merrion NPR

This is the second time Hamilton Leithauser has graced the Tiny Desk. Two summers ago, he and his band The Walkmen played a powerful set of songs from their final album for now, Heaven.

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6:03am

Sat July 19, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Marisa Anderson: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Sat July 19, 2014 9:56 am

Marisa Anderson performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Marisa Anderson knows where American guitar music has been and where it is now, and probably possesses an inkling of where it can go. She's studied the history and musical nuance of blues, country and folk music through and through, and ingests it all in a style that's as raw as it true. But mostly, Anderson just wants to kick up some dirt — which isn't easy here, given that the NPR Music offices are relatively clean. (Mind the towering stacks of CDs, though. They could topple over at any time.)

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12:02pm

Mon July 14, 2014
Tiny Desk Concerts

Holly Williams: Tiny Desk Concert

Originally published on Mon July 14, 2014 12:56 pm

Holly Williams performs a Tiny Desk Concert.
NPR

Truth be told, Holly Williams brought me and many of my hardened colleagues to tears. The singer-songwriter has a magnificent way with words and phrasing, not to mention a country-music lineage that fills her with pride and guides her poignancy and subject matter.

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